China and Timor-Leste increase cooperation

15 April 2014

China and Timor-Leste announced plans to increase cooperation in the areas of politics, the economy, trade, energy, agriculture, defence and security according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang and his Timorese counterpart Xanana Gusmão have signed a Joint Declaration to “establish a good neighbour and friendship,” partnership based on “trust and mutual benefit.”

According to Xinhua, China and Timor-Leste (East Timor) agreed to “boost cooperation in construction of infrastructure, food production and fishing,” as well as in the tourism, sport and cultural exchange sectors.

As part of the agreement the Chinese government will provide more scholarships to Timorese students, through several channels, Xinhua said.

During his official visit to China, Gusmão also took part in the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia, from 8 to 10 April on Hainan island, with the heads of government of seven other countries (Australia, Kazakhstan, China, South Korea, Laos, Namibia and Pakistan).

This was the first time in 11 years that a Timorese head of government had visited China, Xinhua reported. (macauhub/CN/TL)